Executive Team

Acting General Manager/Director of Clinical Services - Madonna Bowers

Madonna started her nursing career in 1983 at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. After graduating she became an Intensive Care and Coronary Care Nurse and worked at Ipswich General Hospital for 12 years. In 1998 Madonna completed a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care and commenced a Bachelor of Health Management which she completed in 2002.

Madonna commenced her hospital management roles in 2003 in St Andrews Hospital Ipswich and went on to work at Greenslopes Private Hospital (GPH) in 2006 where she found her passion for Quality and Patient Safety. Having worked a number of positions including patient liaison Madonna was appointed to the Assistant Director of Quality and Safety at GPH in 2013.

Madonna moved to Hervey Bay in 2015 to work in Australia’s first fully digital hospital and continue her journey as a Quality Manager.  

Outside of work Madonna is a passionate Rugby League supporter and volunteer and in 2011 Madonna won the National Rugby League Women in League Year award for her contributions to Rugby League.

Pastoral Care Manager – Sandra Keay

In the early part of 2015 Sandra returned to Australia after any extended time in New Zealand to take up the pastoral care role in the newly built St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay.   Sandra came to the role after many years experience in the health field, having worked in both private and public hospitals in administration and management positions, as well as general practice.

Sandra’s passion to serve, along with her strong faith in God drew her into church ministry as a Business Pastor in a team ministry church, a role that provided many opportunities to care for people both in the practical ways, ie budgeting advice, food bank, children’s and women’s ministry, as well as providing spiritual help and care.   It was while supporting a close family member requiring palliative care that Sandra felt the call of God to consider chaplaincy work.   Further intensive training followed and Sandra then volunteered as a chaplaincy visitor in Wellington Public Hospital, which prepared her the for the role at St Stephen’s.    

For relaxation Sandra takes advantage of the beautiful beach walks and cafes Hervey Bay offers as well as dabbling occasionally in the quilting scene.   Currently Sandra is undertaking further study related to Dementia Care.  A listening ear for staff, patients and family members, Sandra works closely with the teams to support holistic care to all. 

Finance & Administration Manager – Kym Harris

Kym joined St Stephens in 2018 and has 25yrs accounting & admin experience working in local government, private practice and in manufacturing & hospitality multi-nationals.  Kym is a Queensland native having spent time in Central Queensland, Newcastle and Mackay before relocating with her family to the Fraser Coast.  She is very pleased to be a member of the St Stephen’s Executive team and hopes to contribute to the hospital by implementing systems & processes designed to increase efficiency while retaining St Stephen’s exceptional standard.  Kym is passionate about customer service and oversees the Sessional Suites and Patient Administrations services.

Kym holds Bachelors in Asian Studies & Commerce (Accounting) and is currently working towards CPA qualifications.  When not in the office, there is nothing Kym enjoys more than spending time with her family.

Assistant Director of Nursing - Larnie Wright

Larnie has over 25 years experience as a Registered Nurse and has worked in both Private and Public Hospital environments. She originally trained at Westmead Hospital in NSW, with a specialty in Neuroscience. Larnie has a passion for providing safe clinical care to patients in addition to excellent customer service to patients, families, doctors and the local community.

Larnie moved to Queensland in 2001 and has since held roles as a Registered Nurse/Clinical Nurse & Clinical Nurse Manager in both Medical & Surgical Units, she has also held positions involving Workplace Health & Safety, Infection Control, Workplace Rehabilitation/Return to Work, Clinical Education, Quality & Risk Management within QLD Health, Healthscope, and Ramsay Health. 

Larnie commenced work at St Stephens Hospital in 2011 when the hospital was still located in Maryborough and has enjoyed contributing to the evolution of St Stephens into a world class fully digital hospital.  When not working, Larnie is a busy mum with two boys and has a passion for music and motorbikes.

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